Cinnamon Apple Crisp With Caramel Topping

This recipe for Cinnamon Apple Crisp is like eating a homemade apple pie, minus the traditional crust. Top it with caramel syrup for a special treat!

Cinnamon Apple Crisp in a bowl with vanilla ice cream on top.


This Cinnamon Apple Crisp is a dessert that absolutely cannot be kept a secret.

We make it at least once a year when October/November hits. There is no mistake once it starts baking in the oven that fall has made an appearance.

If I had to pick a favorite fall family dessert, this would be it. Don’t get me wrong, there are other dessert recipes on the site that I also adore, however, this one is a huge favorite among our house.

Brown sugar, regular sugar, butter, and flour help to form a crumb-like topping that encapsulates the apple filling.

It really does taste like you are eating apple pie and the crumbly topping makes you forget that this dessert is sans a pie crust.

Cinnamon Apple Crisp topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel.

A little tip to make your experience more enjoyable:

Before making this recipe, if you store your apples in the fridge, take them out and sit them at room temperature for a day or two. This will decrease the amount of excess liquid in the recipe upon baking, which will make the filling thick and not runny.

I’m not a big fan of oatmeal in desserts so the topping for this crisp is a bit different then a traditional one. We also like deviating from it by adding a little dash of nutmeg and a few sprinkles of Apple Pie Spice if we have it on hand.

This dessert is so versatile and forgiving in terms of ingredients that literally anything can be added to it.

We have eaten our servings with everything from vanilla ice cream to whipped cream. It’s also wonderful on it’s own. The caramel syrup is the finishing touch.

It’s a family favorite in this house and we hope it becomes one in yours as well 🙂

Looking for more fall recipes? Then check out the fall category on the site!

Cinnamon Apple Crisp in a bowl with vanilla ice cream and caramel.

Cinnamon Apple Crisp with Caramel Topping

This recipe for Cinnamon Apple Crisp is like eating a homemade apple pie, minus the traditional crust. Top it with caramel syrup for a special treat!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apples, cinnamon, fall recipe
Serves: 9 servings
Calories Per Serving: 278


  • 2 cups peeled and sliced Granny Smith apples
  • 2 cups peeled and sliced sweet apples any type will do, just as long as they are sweet
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup caramel for drizzling optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 inch baking dish.
  • Place sliced apples in a medium bowl and add the ground cinnamon, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Stir until well combined.
  • Place the apples inside the baking dish. Pour the water over them.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, unsalted butter, and flour.
  • Sprinkle the sugar/butter mixture evenly over the apples.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Drizzle with caramel if desired.

Libby's Notes

Recipe Source:
Adapted from


Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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  1. I’m wild about apple crisp, and love your additions. MUST.TRY! It’s never too late for apple recipes. Glad you shared. Have a great week and a wonderful HAPPY THANKS-LIVING!

    1. This is very true Marsha! Happy Thanksliving to you too 😉 Enjoy the recipe 🙂

  2. Cindy Burrell says:

    This is on my To Bake List! Now that the temperatures are not so hot, I will turn on my oven again. Looks and sounds like such a delicious dish! I am really looking forward to baking this! I will savor every mouth watering bite! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. I hope you enjoy it Cindy 🙂 We love it over here. As a matter of fact, the family requested that I make another batch of it this week because the one I made for this post wasn’t enough for them…lol. Soooo good! 😉

  3. 5 stars
    Our family would give this recipe 10 stars if we could! Everyone loves it!

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